Lord Salisbury: A Political Biography

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David Steele vibrantly captures the life of The Marquess of Salisbury, whose remarkable character and ideas shaped both the history of the United Kingdom and the Tory party in the nineteenth century in this important biography.

As Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, he was awarded with popular, and cross-party support for the majority of his policies both at home and abroad. A controversial figure throughout his career, Salisbury was firm in...

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Overview

David Steele vibrantly captures the life of The Marquess of Salisbury, whose remarkable character and ideas shaped both the history of the United Kingdom and the Tory party in the nineteenth century in this important biography.

As Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, he was awarded with popular, and cross-party support for the majority of his policies both at home and abroad. A controversial figure throughout his career, Salisbury was firm in his resistance to Irish Home Rule, an aspect that Steele skillfully scrutinizes in brilliant detail. More than any other British statesman, Lord Salisbury was responsible for the successful international diplomacy that secured Britain's place among the great powers and in guiding the enormous territorial expansion of the British Empire during his time at the Foreign Office.

Critically acclaimed in hardcover, this is the first substantial reassessment of this influential leader since the early 1900s that sheds new light on the private and politicalaspects of Lord Salisbury's very public career.

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Anthony Howard
Masterly ... a first-rate job ... [Steele] brings considerable reserves of learning and scholarship to his account. —The Sunday Times (London)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415257619
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/6/2001
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps: Africa; the Middle East; the Balkans
Preface
Biographical Note
Introduction 1
1 Formative Influences 10
2 The Rising Politician 20
3 The Second Reform Act 44
4 The Conscience of the Party 62
5 The Making of a Statesman 83
6 The Eastern Question and the Foreign Office 105
7 A Leader in Waiting 141
8 The First Premiership and Ireland, 1885-6 172
9 The New Conservatism in Practice 202
10 European Security and Imperial Expansion 243
11 The Politics of Opposition 1892-5 274
12 Unionist Democracy, 1895-1900 300
13 The System under Strain: Diplomacy and War, 1895-1900 317
14 Anti-climax 353
The Balance Sheet 375
Manuscript Sources 379
Notes 382
Index 442
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